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Qualifier (D/N), Abu Dhabi, June 21, 2021, Pakistan Super League
(19/20 ov, T:181) 149

Sultans won by 31 runs

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end of over 193 runs • 2 wickets
IU: 149/10CRR: 7.84 RRR: 32.00
Akif Javed0 (0b)
Blessing Muzarabani 4-0-31-3
Imran Khan 4-0-40-1

Don't go too far away. The PSL Eliminator-1 is coming up. Zalmi taking on the Kings. The winner plays Islamabad United in a virtual semi-final. The loser goes home. It's all to play for.

9.15pm Dead and buried when the tournament resumed, Multan Sultans needed to win almost everything to make the playoffs. They not just made the playoffs, but secured a top-two finish. And here they are, one win away from their maiden PSL title. What magical scenes in Abu Dhabi. The entire team is ecstatic!

Islamabad United will rue their penultimate over that went for 29. That was momentum changing in so many ways. A target of 160 would've been much different to the 181 they were eventually faced with. Usman Khawaja attempted a heist despite the top-order collapsing, but with little support from the others, it was a task too steep. Islamabad United still have a second crack at the final. They'll meet the winners of Peshawar Zalmi and Karachi Kings.

Mohammad Rizwan, the Multan Sultans captain: "Pressure was on both teams, but we made a conscious decision to remain calm and take it easy. It helped in the performance. The important thing was getting momentum towards the end. Maqsood carried it and Khushdil finished it off. That helped the bowlers. The rest we get now is a good thing, the humidity and heat has taken its toll. We'll work hard between now and the final."

Sohail Tanvir is the Player of the Match for his 3 for 17. "The slower deliveries were sticking onto the pitch, so the talk was to bring in a lot of variations. Early wickets helped since Munro is an in-form batsman. The plans we made worked, so credit to the bowling unit for utilising the conditions.

Muzarabani to Talat, OUT

top-edges this slog, straight to cover. Two in two for Muzarabani and Multan Sultans are through to the PSL final. . What an incredible turnaround

Hussain Talat c Sohail Tanvir b Muzarabani 25 (25b 2x4 0x6) SR: 100
Muzarabani to Faheem, OUT

that is a magnificent catch! Charles missed one earlier in the evening but more than makes up for it. This was a low full toss, hit really well by Faheem. Yet, Charles has a long way to run in from the rope, and not just that, he has to put in a full-length dive too just to stand a chance. And boy, he does that superbly.

Faheem Ashraf c Charles b Muzarabani 0 (3b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0
Muzarabani to Talat, 1 run

drills this yorker-length ball to cover

Muzarabani to Faheem, 1 bye

beaten by a skiddy short ball, they'll scamper through for a bye

Muzarabani to Faheem, no run

goes full and wide, yorker-length, Faheem looks to scoop, then tries to change his shot last moment to ramp over short third. Misses both in the end

Muzarabani to Talat, 1 run

full toss wide outside off, it was dipping as well, sliced to square third man

Ashraf at No. 10. Now, United need a miracle to win from here. It's not entirely out of the realms of possibility. Here's Muzarabani. Can he redeem himself?

end of over 187 runs • 1 wicket
IU: 146/8CRR: 8.11 RRR: 17.50
Hussain Talat23 (22b 2x4)
Imran Khan 4-0-40-1
Shahnawaz Dahani 3-0-29-0
Md Imran Khan to Mohammad Wasim, OUT

goes way outside off to scoop, but this is a yorker, a toe-crusher. He's hit flush on the boot but impact was in line as replays confirm. So the decision to take the DRS has gone in their favour.

Mohammad Wasim lbw b Imran Khan 13 (8b 1x4 1x6) SR: 162.5
Md Imran Khan to Mohammad Wasim, FOUR runs

not pretty but it's a boundary. Dug in short, Wasim walks across and scoops it over the keeper's head. Wow, he's certainly got steaks of adventure about him. There's life yet

39 off 14

Md Imran Khan to Talat, 1 run

squeezes this low full toss to deep point

Md Imran Khan to Mohammad Wasim, 1 run

on the pads, flicked to deep square leg

Md Imran Khan to Mohammad Wasim, no run

another short ball, another premeditated pull, beaten again

Md Imran Khan to Mohammad Wasim, no run

beaten on the pull by this slower one

Camper: "That one Akif over at the end is more and more looking like THE crucial difference."

Md Imran Khan to Mohammad Wasim, 1 wide

attempts a yorker but slips it down leg

end of over 1714 runs
IU: 139/7CRR: 8.17 RRR: 14.00
Hussain Talat22 (21b 2x4)
Mohammad Wasim8 (3b 1x6)
Shahnawaz Dahani 3-0-29-0
Imran Tahir 4-0-29-2
Dahani to Talat, FOUR runs

sliced over the infield, two bounces to the third man boundary. Too much width from Dahani and Talat went hard at that. Opened the bat face slightly to pick his spot. Excellent batting.

Dahani to Mohammad Wasim, 1 leg bye

off the pad to the leg side, attempted the scoop once again

Dahani to Mohammad Wasim, SIX runs

how innovative! Brendon McCullum would be proud of that. Walks across, falls over as he makes contact with that scoop but gets enough bat on it to clear short fine

Dahani to Mohammad Wasim, 2 runs

slaps this short of length delivery to sweeper cover

Dahani to Talat, 1 run

pulled down to deep square leg

Dahani to Talat, no run

beaten by an excellent short ball angling away. He looked to pull even before the ball arrived

end of over 1610 runs • 1 wicket
IU: 125/7CRR: 7.81 RRR: 14.00
Hussain Talat17 (18b 1x4)
Imran Tahir 4-0-29-2
Sohail Tanvir 4-0-17-3
Tahir to Hasan Ali, OUT

goes over the infield but has found long-off where Rossouw takes an excellent catch by taking a couple of steps back. Tahir is unstoppable!

Hasan Ali c Rossouw b Imran Tahir 10 (5b 0x4 1x6) SR: 200
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